Hold Tight at Rough Trade Records (Brick Lane)
Jun
27
6:00 pm18:00

Hold Tight at Rough Trade Records (Brick Lane)

  • Rough Trade

Tuesday 27th of June we are launching Jeffrey Boakye's Hold Tight at Rough Trade East (Brick Lane) from 6:30pm - 9pm.

We will also have a panel discussion on the themes of the book (starting at 7pm); black masculinity, millennial culture and grime's influence on youth featuring the following: 

Kieran Yates - journalist and broadcaster who has covered the grime scene for many years.

Doc Brown - rapper, comedian, author.

Krucial Kidd - Grime MC with Aftershock, now making waves again with a come back.

and Jeffrey, of course. 

Please book the night off and come down to Rough Trade to celebrate with us, buy a book, buy some records, have a drink and enjoy yourself. 

RSVP to Kit - kit@influxpress.com

The Ecchoing Green: with Chris McCabe, SJ Fowler & Tom Jeffreys
Jul
13
7:00 pm19:00

The Ecchoing Green: with Chris McCabe, SJ Fowler & Tom Jeffreys

  • Dissenter's Chapel

This event will explore Tom Jeffrey's Signal Failures, published by Influx Press, which provides, through a walk along the proposed route of HS2, a wide-ranging critique of humanity’s most urgent failures.

This event will celebrate Chris McCabe's ongoing publication project with Penned in the Margins, following In The Catacombs and Cenotaph South, with new work responding to Kensal Green Cemetery.

This event will see the launch of Worm Wood / in / Old Oak, a new pamphlet of poems by SJ Fowler, published by Sampson Low, written about the Cemetery and its impending neighbour, the Old Oak development.

An evening of readings and discussion with three of the UK's most interesting presses, poets and writers.

FREE ENTRY

http://www.theenemiesproject.com/wormwood
http://www.influxpress.com/signal-failure
http://www.pennedinthemargins.co.uk/

https://www.facebook.com/events/227646567719934/


London Radical Bookfair 2017
Jun
24
12:00 pm12:00

London Radical Bookfair 2017

  • Goldsmiths

Join us for the London radical bookfair!

Radical booksellers, publishers, artists and activists of all stripes are setting up in the Great Hall at Goldsmiths University to host the the 2017 London Radical Bookfair.

With over 130 exhibitors and 20 guest speakers, this will be a unique gathering of progressive readers, thinkers and doers, in a celebration of radical publishing and politics.

The free event is organised by the Alliance of Radical Booksellers (ARB), which formed in 2011 to raise awareness of the radical book trade. The fair provides an annual opportunity to bring Britain’s radical booksellers together to meet in person with publishers and the reading public.

And it’s also an opportunity for us to host award ceremonies for the ARB’s two annual book prizes — the Bread and Roses Award for Radical Publishing and the Little Rebels Children’s Book Award. Shortlisted authors from the two awards will give talks and participate in panel discussions throughout the day.

As in previous years, we’ll be showcasing the depth and breadth of radical publishing. While there are currently other book fairs dedicated to progressive titles, they tend to focus on tightly defined political traditions. The aim of the London Radical Bookfair is to be a broad church that brings together these traditions and make them accessible to a wider audience.

https://www.facebook.com/events/1340427492708809/

Ghosts on the Shore
Jun
21
7:00 pm19:00

Ghosts on the Shore

  • Burley Fisher Books

Join us at Burley Fisher for the London launch of 'Ghosts on the Shore: Travels along Germany's Baltic Coast' by Paul Scraton, published by Influx Press.

Paul will be joined by editor Gary Budden for a conversation about place, the stories of the Baltic and the themes raised in the book. There will be some readings, and Gary will host a Q & A.

About the Book:

Germany’s Baltic coast. A place of escape, of carefree summer holidays, of spa towns and health retreats. A place where some of the darkest stories of 20th Century German history played out.

Inspired by his wife’s collection of family photographs from the 1930s and her memories of growing up on the Baltic coast in the GDR, Paul Scraton set out to travel from Lübeck to the Polish border on the island of Usedom, an area central to the mythology of a nation and bearing the heavy legacy of trauma.

Exploring a world of socialist summer camps, Hanseatic trading towns long past their heyday and former fishing villages surrendered to tourism, Ghosts on the Shore unearths the stories, folklore and contradictions of the coast, where politics, history and personal memory merge to create a nuanced portrait of place.

About the author:

Paul Scraton is a writer and editor based in Berlin. Born in Lancashire, he moved to the German capital in 2001 where he has lived ever since. He is the editor-in-chief of Elsewhere: A Journal of Place and his essays on place and memory have been published as the pocket book The Idea of a River: Walking out of Berlin by Readux Books in March 2015, and in Mauerweg: Stories from the Berlin Wall Trail, published by Slow Travel Berlin in 2014 to mark the 25th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall. Among other publications, you can find more of Paul’s writing on place on Caught by the River and in hidden europe magazine

www.influxpress.com/ghosts-on-the-shore
www.burleyfisherbooks.com
@InfluxPress
@underagreysky

https://www.facebook.com/events/2281101552115354/

Ghosts on the Shore: Book Launch and Film Screening
Jun
16
7:00 pm19:00

Ghosts on the Shore: Book Launch and Film Screening

  • Magnet Bar

Join us at FC Magnet for the Berlin launch of 'Ghosts on the Shore: Travels along Germany's Baltic Coast' by Paul Scraton, published by Influx Press.

Paul will be joined by editor Gary Budden for a conversation about place, the stories of the Baltic and the themes raised in the book. There will be some readings, and Gary will host a Q & A. We will also be screening a short film by Eymelt Sehmer, inspired by the book.

About the Book:

Germany’s Baltic coast. A place of escape, of carefree summer holidays, of spa towns and health retreats. A place where some of the darkest stories of 20th Century German history played out.

Inspired by his wife’s collection of family photographs from the 1930s and her memories of growing up on the Baltic coast in the GDR, Paul Scraton set out to travel from Lübeck to the Polish border on the island of Usedom, an area central to the mythology of a nation and bearing the heavy legacy of trauma.

Exploring a world of socialist summer camps, Hanseatic trading towns long past their heyday and former fishing villages surrendered to tourism, Ghosts on the Shore unearths the stories, folklore and contradictions of the coast, where politics, history and personal memory merge to create a nuanced portrait of place.

https://www.influxpress.com/ghosts-on-the-shore
http://www.fcmagnetbar.de/
@InfluxPress
@underagreysky

https://www.facebook.com/events/416892642016848/

Jeffrey Boakye and Kit Caless at Stoke Newington Literary Festival
Jun
3
3:00 pm15:00

Jeffrey Boakye and Kit Caless at Stoke Newington Literary Festival

Jeffrey Boakye will be speaking about Hold Tight, grime and black music with Reckless Rai and Derek Wiltshire of Mostly Lit podcast and grime artists Krucial Kidd.

Details here: http://www.stokenewingtonliteraryfestival.com/snlf_events/music-masculinity-and-millennials/

Kit will be talking with beer writer Pete Brown about the 'Wetherspoon's Paradox' and pub interiors in what should be a high amusing event. 

Details here: http://www.stokenewingtonliteraryfestival.com/snlf_events/pubs-from-cask-to-carpet/

Signal Failure London launch @ Housmans
May
4
7:00 pm19:00

Signal Failure London launch @ Housmans

  • Housmans Bookstore

Join us at Housmans for the London launch of Signal Failure: London to Birmingham, HS2 on Foot by Tom Jeffreys.

Tom will be giving a reading and discussing the ideas and themes raised , followed by a Q&A chaired by editor Gary Budden.

About the book:

One November morning, Tom Jeffreys set off from Euston Station with a gnarled old walking stick in his hand and an overloaded rucksack. His aim was to walk the 119 miles from London to Birmingham along the proposed route of HS2. Needless to say, he failed.

Over the course of ten days of walking, Jeffreys meets conservationists and museum directors, fiery farmers and suicidal retirees. From a rapidly changing London, through interminable suburbia, and out into the English countryside, Jeffreys goes wild camping in Perivale, flees murderous horses in Oxfordshire, and gets lost in a landfill site in Buckinghamshire. Signal Failure weaves together poetry and politics, history, philosophy and personal observation to form an extended exploration of people and place, nature, society, and the future.

In part, Signal Failure is the story of the author’s multiple shortcomings – his inability to understand the city he lives in, to forge a meaningful relationship with his home-county hometown, to emulate those great nature writers he admires so much, to put up a tent or read a map.

It is also a wide-ranging critique of humanity’s most urgent failures: of capitalism, of community, of the city and the suburbs, of architecture and agriculture, of bureaucratic democracy, and, in the end, of our age-old failure to find our place in the world we live in.

https://www.influxpress.com/signal-failure
http://housmans.com/
@InfluxPress
@tomjeffreys

Attrib. and other stories – Eley Williams in conversation with Joanna Walsh
Apr
5
7:00 pm19:00

Attrib. and other stories – Eley Williams in conversation with Joanna Walsh

  • Burley Fisher Books
Joanna Walsh looking sharp

Joanna Walsh looking sharp

An owl (and Eley Williams)

An owl (and Eley Williams)

Join us for the launch of the debut collection from Eley Williams, Attrib. and other stories.  at Burley Fisher Books in Haggerston.

Eley will be reading from the book and will be in conversation with writer Joanna Walsh. Come down, drink, mingle, listen to some of the finest new fiction going, and of course buy a book and get it signed.

About the book

This debut collection from Eley Williams centres upon the difficulties of communication and the way in which one’s thoughts — absurd, encompassing, oblique — may never be fully communicable and yet can overwhelm. 

Attrib. and other stories celebrates the tricksiness of language just as it confronts its limits. Correspondingly, the stories are littered with the physical ephemera of language: dictionaries, dog-eared pages, bookmarks and old coffee stains on older books. This is writing that centres on the weird, tender intricacies of the everyday where characters vie to 'own' their words, tell tall tales and attempt to define their worlds. 

With affectionate, irreverent and playful prose, the inability to communicate exactly what we mean dominates this bold debut collection from one of Britain’s most original new writers.

About the authors

Eley Williams lives and work in Ealing. She is co-editor of fiction at 3:AM magazine and assists the independent publishers Copy Press. Her prose has appeared in the journals Ambit, Night & Day, The Dial and Structo; in 2005, she was awarded the Christopher Tower Poetry Prize and her work has been shortlisted twice in The White Review's Short Story Prize. She teaches both creative writing and children's literature at Royal Holloway, University of London, where she was recently awarded her doctorate.

Joanna Walsh is the author of Hotel, Vertigo, Grow a Pair, and Fractals. Her writing has also been published by Granta Magazine, The Dalkey Archive Best European Fiction 2015, Best British Short Stories 2014 and 2015, The Stinging Fly, gorse journal, The Dublin Review and many more. She reviews for, amongst others, The New Statesman and The Guardian. She was a judge on the 2016 Goldsmiths prize, edits at 3:AM Magazine and Catapult, and is the founder of @read_women. She is the 2017 Arts Foundation Fellow in Creative Non-Fiction.

Jun
4
3:00 pm15:00

An Unreliable Guide to London @ Stoke Newington Literary Festival

We're very happy to announce that Influx Press will be returning to the Stoke Newington Literary Festival in 2016 with two events discussing our upcoming anthology An Unreliable Guide to London.

On the 4th, Gary is chairing an event with four brilliant writers discussing fictional Londons and the role the city plays in their writing. Speaking are:

M John Harrison

Yvvette Edwards

Courttia Newland

Eley Williams

And on the 5th, Kit is chairing an event discussing the same topics with four more wonderful London writers:

Chloe Aridjis

Noo Saro-Wiwa

Nikesh Shukla

Will Wiles


Full details of time and venue location will be posted soon.

May
28
9:00 pm21:00

Greenwich Literary Festival

  • Greenwich Pier - North Greenwich Pier London United Kingdom
greenwich book festival 2016

The Late Night Literary Salon with Galley Beggar and Influx Press is at Greenwich Literary Festival 2016. 

Starting from 9pm, we have three writers reading from our new book An Unreliable Guide to London

Courttia Newland

Irenosen Okojie

Juliet Jacques

Alongside Galley Beggar authors and hosted by Kit Caless - the evening will be a boozy, literary blast of Thameside fun. 


Venue to be confirmed, tickets on sale soon.

May
14
7:45 pm19:45

Influx @ Whitstable Lit Fest

Influx are very pleased to be appearing at the Whitstable Lit Fest on May 14th.

Blurb for the event:

Join Influx for a night of Kent-based literature, based on their coastal anthology Connecting Nothing with Something and more recent work by Influx authors. Reading are Gary and Kit, the author of Marshland, Gareth E. Rees + other friends. They’ll be talking about how Kent and the south-east coast informs their work, and reading their fictions set in the county. Expect tales of Dungeness defeats, walking the Hollow Shore from Faversham to Whitstable and what a wedding in a zoo is like. 

Influx Press are an independent publishers from London, formed by Kent natives Gary Budden and Kit Caless.

 

 

Mar
23
7:00 pm19:00

Launch of Open Pen Anthology, Burley Fisher Books

Open Pen Anthology launch: celebrating five years of innovative fiction

Kit is reading at the launch of the Open Pen anthology at Burley Fisher Books, Haggerston.

For the past five years Open Pen has been serving a growing community of readers with a belief in creative writing willing to take a risk; fiction with something to say. Kit Caless and Max Sydney Smith will be among the contributors reading to celebrate the best fiction published by this daring and innovative journal over its first five years.

7pm

Entry £3 suggested donation, includes a glass of wine!

Nov
19
8:00 pm20:00

Place Waste Dissent Launch, Bristol

 

'Having spent three years in the early 1990s occupying properties and protesting in Claremont Road, east London, poet Paul Hawkins maps the run-off, rackets and resistance along the route of the proposed M11 Link Road. 

Using the voices of Dolly Watson and many others in avant-garde experimental text and lo-fi collage, he explores place, waste and dissent; the stake the Thatcher/Major Tory government was driving into the heart of the UK.'

Join us at The Arts House in Stokes Croft, Bristol celebrating the publication of 'Place Waste Dissent' and an accompanying month-long exhibtion of art and text featured in the collection, with readings, a short film screening and a Q&A with the author.

Reading are:

Paul Hawkins
- Paul Hawkins is a Bristol based poet and author of the new Influx Press title 'Place Waste Dissent'. He co-runs Hesterglock Press and has had two previous books published, 'Claremont Road' & 'Contumacy' (Erbacce)
https://placewastedissent.wordpress.com/
@PlayWDissent
@hesterglockmktg

Sarer Scotthorne
- Sarer co-runs Hesterglock Press and is author of the acclaimed collection 'The Blood House'.
https://thebloodhouse.wordpress.com/
@thebloodhouse

Sam Berkson
- Sam is the author of 'Life in Transit' (Influx, 2012), 'Dusk Steals the Daylight (Fishbar, 2013) and the recent collection 'Settled Wanderers' (Influx, 2015).
https://angrysampoetry.wordpress.com/
@angrysampoet

The event is FREE!! 7:30pm
Signed books on sale on the night.

http://www.theartshousecafe.org/